Municipal Debt Management Webinar Series

Municipal Debt Management Webinar Series
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Why a municipal debt management webinar series?
Ensuring sustainable capital financing is one of the most important challenges for long-term financial health faced by Ontario municipalities. Debt is a powerful tool that can help municipalities face this challenge. Debt can provide many benefits such as distributing the benefits and costs of infrastructure more fairly over time as well as ensuring the funding of urgent capital projects when other sources are not available. However, like all tools, debt is not without risk as excessive indebtedness can compromise financial sustainability and flexibility.
The current municipal environment is a good moment to reflect on how municipalities can use debt strategically considering its potential benefits and risks. Asset management planning highlighted significant capital funding challenges faced by municipalities. At the same time, municipalities must assess to what extent they can take advantage of the current low interest rate environment. This decision-making is further complicated by the uncertainty that characterizes the current municipal fiscal environment as a result of the Pandemic.

What is the goal of the webinar series?
MFOA has developed a series of webinars with the aim of helping finance officers develop an understanding of the wider context as well as the approaches that they can adopt to make long-term debt decisions. These training opportunities have the objective of assisting participants to address the following four questions:
  • What are the key elements of the municipal environment that should be considered when establishing a debt management policy and making long-term borrowing decisions?
  • What criteria and indicators can a municipality use to evaluate to what extent debt is an appropriate capital funding option?
  • How can my municipality set an appropriate debt limit considering its unique conditions?
  • What would be the process that the municipality would follow to issue long-term debt?

What will you learn in each webinar?
MFOA will offer the series of four webinars to be held in June 2021:
  • Webinar 1 will focus on the general context, principles and criteria that municipalities can consider when deciding on the role that debt will have on their capital funding strategies.
  • Webinar 2 and Webinar 3 will adopt a more practical approach to illustrate how municipalities can analyze whether debt is an appropriate funding option and set an appropriate debt limit considering their unique conditions.
  • Webinar 4 will focus on the process of debt issuance considering the different alternatives for long-term borrowing available to municipalities in Ontario.

Pricing

 Options  Members  Non-Members
 Webinar 1 - June 1  $59  $99
 Webinar 2 - June 8  $89  $149
 Webinar 3 - June 10  $89  $149
 Webinar 4 - June 17  $59  $99
 Package - Register for:
  • Webinar 1,2 & 4
  • Webinar 1,3 & 4
  • or all 4 webinars
 $199  $339

When
6/1/2021 12:00 PM - 6/17/2021 1:30 PM
Where
Online

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Program

   
 
Topics include:
  • Key features, challenges and opportunities of municipal borrowing in Ontario.  
  • Linkages between debt management and other long-term planning processes.
  • Legislative framework governing municipal borrowing.
  • Objectives and principles of debt management.
  • Debt risk management: identification and assessment.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
6/1/2021 12:00 PM

Topics include:
  • Types of debt indicators. 
  • Criteria and indicators for assessing the extent to which debt is an appropriate funding option.
  • Approaches for setting appropriate internal debt limits. 
  • Identifying and assessing debt risk factors.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
6/8/2021 12:00 PM

Topics include:
  • Types of debt indicators. 
  • Criteria and indicators for assessing the extent to which debt is an appropriate funding option.
  • Approaches for setting appropriate internal debt limits. 
  • Identifying and assessing debt risk factors.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
6/10/2021 12:00 PM

Topics include:
  • Considerations for selecting debt instruments and maturities. 
  • Actors, roles & responsibilities in the debt issuance process. 
  • Common legal and financial procedures for issuing debentures through the financial markets.
  • Common legal and financial procedures for issuing long-term through the Infrastructure Ontario Loan Program.
Time
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
6/17/2021 12:00 PM

 
 

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